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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What are you tappin'?
« on: December 12, 2012, 07:57:10 AM »
Just kegged Union Jack IPA from the IPA book, witing on it to carb, preliminary tastes were great. Also have my first attempt at Pliny The Elder in primary ready for first dry Hops this weekend.

My first attempt making Pliny the Elder. Very excited to try this as it doesn't make it to Minnesota so if I want it I need to make it!

Ingredients / Re: IPA made with home grown hops
« on: September 12, 2012, 07:20:35 AM »
If these are first year hops, I would be careful.  First year hops are different than normal hops.

Can you  elaborate on why first year hops are different? I've got first year Centennial and Hallertau growing. The harvest won't be too big and I was actually wondering if it was even worth it or not to harvest. If there is a flavor concern I may not even harvest them.


My two cents, just make sure to let the beer set the schedule. My experience is a little extra time on the yeast will not hurt the beer and may improve it. A little time after primary allows the yeast to "clean-up" after themselves. I've had bigger ales on the yeast for 6-8 weeks and I've not noticed any off flavors. Like Euge, I very rarely secondary.

All Grain Brewing / Re: melanoidin in an amber?
« on: June 28, 2012, 08:37:21 AM »
Just an FYI, The NB recipe sheet indicates 2.0# Carared, .50# Melanoiden

Which is correct.  I was so tired yesterday I overlooked that when I looked at my recipe notes.  I appreciate the correction.

Glad to help. I'm actually going to be brewing this soon so I had just purchased the ingredients.

All Grain Brewing / Re: melanoidin in an amber?
« on: June 28, 2012, 06:01:22 AM »
I just put .25 lbs in an amber recently, and I think it tastes quite nice. It was a 3 gallon batch. I'm pretty sure Denny uses it in his Waldo Lake Amber as well.

I use carared, not melanoidin.  The 2 seem very different to me.  I use. couple lb. in 5 gal.

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My apologies. I should have looked at the recipe before I  spoke for it.

Just an FYI, The NB recipe sheet indicates 2.0# Carared, .50# Melanoiden

Add the "Simpsons Malts" add on, it's in there.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: May 24, 2012, 09:19:10 AM »
Love Me Tender - Elvis Pressley/Vera Matson

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: May 24, 2012, 07:13:06 AM »
Love Struck Baby - SRV

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A Rose By Any Other Name
« on: May 09, 2012, 09:59:10 AM »
I don't normally name my beers as I haven't developed any of my own recipes as of yet. So I usually just go with the recipe name given by the original author; "DC Wry Smile IPA", "Grateful DeadGuy", "Cowboy Alt". It did get me thinking about naming a batch that is brewed for a special occasion.

The Pub / Re: Yo Bluesman
« on: May 03, 2012, 08:03:09 AM »
Bonamassa is awesome! I've had the good fortune to see him twice. First time in a nice small setting at the Minnesota Zoo, it rained, he took a break and then came back and ripped it up. Second time at the State Theater in Minneapolis, again a great show.

The Pub / Re: I have the best kids...
« on: March 22, 2012, 10:39:18 AM »

Life is what you make of it, I think hiding something from your children keeps things a mystery.  And sooner or later they will discover it themselves anyway.  (be it alcohol, sex, drugs, whatever...  ).  I would rather be honest with them, educate them and teach them to make good choices and be responsible than try to hide things from them.  I view raising my children as my job is to give them tools necessary to survive in life.  Those tools include being able to make good choices, and to do that they need to learn and have self confidence.  That's not achieved by trying to hide things from them.

Well Said!

The Pub / Re: I have the best kids...
« on: March 22, 2012, 09:54:08 AM »
Adding my two cents. The physical act of getting you a beer will not turn your child into an alcoholic later in life. Watching you have a drink or abusing alcohol will not turn them into alcoholics. Their abuse of alcohol will. You actually have to drink to become an alcoholic. It is their choice to drink, and their abuse of drinking that could cause problems.
I think the original post is meant as a tribute to how nice it is to have your children do something nice for you, especially when they do it on their own.

Kegging my Surly Bitter Brewer from NB, and brewing the Surly Furious from NB on top of the cake.

Nice job keeping notes. Keep it up, you will go back and look to see what you did, what you want to "tweek". Read-Read-Read, Brew-Brew-Brew. My experience as others is your beer will mellow with age and will develop better flavors. Keep at it, it's worth it.
Also check out the Northern Brewer forum, another great place for information.

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